Mikel Arteta insists it is “imperative” that Arsenal loosen the purse strings and spend this summer in order for the club to fulfil its potential.
The 31-year-old star was speaking whilst waiting for the latest load of washing – containing the club’s first team jerseys – to finish.
He said: “I mean, here I am, on my day off of all things, cleaning the strips for our next pre-season game.
“It takes me about three or four loads to get through the lot – if someone’s strip hasn’t gotten too dirty, like Olivier Giroud’s, for example, I might just save it and put it in after the next match.”
The Spaniard insists that the Gunners boast the perfect structure for a football club but admits that they need to strengthen across a range of levels to challenge for major honours next season.
He said: “Just last week our training was cut short when that clown Gervinho kicked the ball over the fence at our training ground.
“It was the only one, too!”
Arteta went on to claim that the will and work-ethic of the players could prove an excellent platform for future success, citing the example of defenders Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna, who joined the tour late after staying behind to re-paint the car-parking spaces at the Emirates.
He said: “The will is there; great philosophy, good players, unbelievable crowds for the stadium. Let’s go for it!.
“At the moment it’s not ideal – knowing that when the final whistle goes, your days work is only just starting what with the rubbish collection, cleaning the stadium toilets – the list goes on…”